Our 2013-2014 Officers
The Luca Pacioli Society – An Accounting Association is a professional organization at the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, dedicated to the exploration of the field of accounting, and serves as a student associate of the Indiana CPA Society and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The opportunities open to accounting students at the University of Saint Francis are only limited by their imagination and self-drive. Networking skills, communication skills, team spirit, global awareness, professional and ethical consciousness, and community service are strongly promoted in the association. The Luca Pacioli Society provides members with personal and professional development opportunities through education, association with business and civic communities, and certification in accounting skill.
The purpose of this society shall be to:
- Promote the development of leadership skills
- Promote the development of character through service
- Focus on other matters relating to the study of accounting
Many may ask who or what was Luca Pacioli? Pacioli was born in Tuscany around 1445, grew up in a poor family, took the vows of the Franciscans in 1472, and eventually went on to write, Summa de Arithmetica, Geometria, Proportioni et Proportionalita. This book featured a section in it which described a new accounting process, which eventually evolved into what we now know as double entry accounting. Easily described, debits on the left, credits on the right, and they balance! Pacioli was also known as being a great friend of da Vinci. It is believed that Paccioli’s second writing, De Divina Proportione, influenced da Vinci into painting the masterpiece, “The Lord’s Supper.”
Pacioli’s manuscripts and ideas changed the way the world worked then, and continues to affect modern day life. Following the ways of Pacioli, the association will focus on developing leadership skills and community service during the spring semester.
1. Camaraderie and Friendship – in a world where individual success tends to be a focal point, our club provides students with a chance to meet other like-minded students in a fun environment.
2. Easier Transition into the College Environment- a new school and a new town is quite an adjustment, but joining a club can provide an immediate network of friends to provide a built-in support system and network to get through the obstacles of being away from home and establishing yourself.
3. Confidence – When you realize that you’re part of something bigger than yourself, it gives you self-confidence. Having met instructors and upper level students, the club offers the student an ability to have the confidence to ask those questions they have wondered about.
4. Honing of Life Skills – by developing leaders, helping with time management, and using communication skills, the student will learn the value of competing and cooperating.
5. Structured Environment – Involvement within a university setting helps students identify with the university. A club provides the student a structured commitment that aides in academic support.
6. Academic Support – being part of a network is helpful to students so that when they need an answer to a questions or that little push forward, there is a support system in place.
7. Professional Networking Opportunities – by connecting students with the community, the club helps students build their network of possible employers. Business leaders from Northeast Indiana participate in the club as sponsors, speakers and supporters.
8. Future Job Marketability – getting the accounting degree is meeting the minimum for employers, but joining and being active in a club is what many employers use as a gage for leadership capabilities.